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Sony recoups $125m from Sharp LCD deal

Companies terminate agreement, Sony sells shares to Sharp

Sony is to recoup its $125 million investment in Sharp's LCD panels by selling its 7.04 per cent share in the business back to the TV manufacturer.

The pair agreed to terminate the agreement due to "the rapidly changing market", with the deal expected to be completed by the end of June.

Sony's TV business, included alongside the PlayStation business in the Consumer Products and Services division, recorded an operating loss of ¥229.8 billion ($2.8bn) for the full year ended March 2012, compared to a profit of ¥10.8 billion in 2011. LCD TVs, consoles, PCs and digital cameras were all hit by poor sales.

For the last financial year Sony Corporation reported losses of ¥456.7 billion ($5.74 billion).

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Matt Martin joined GamesIndustry in 2006 and was made editor of the site in 2008. With over ten years experience in journalism, he has written for multiple trade, consumer, contract and business-to-business publications in the games, retail and technology sectors.